government: constitutional monarchy
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 5 June 1953
legal system: civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts
legislative system: unicameral People's Assembly (Folketinget)
judicial system: Supreme Court, judges are appointed by the monarch for life
religion: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Christian 3%, Muslim 2%
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
1st Optional Protocol to the Covenant
Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (aiming to the abolition of the death penalty)
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
6th Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (concerning the abolition of the death penalty)
European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances
Statute of the International Criminal Court (which excludes the death penalty)
Denmark has been abolitionist since 1978. The death penalty was abolished for ordinary crimes in 1933.
On November 28, 2002 Denmark deposited with the Council of Europe the instrument of ratification of Protocol No 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms banning the death penalty in all circumstances.
Like its European Union partners, it refuses to send prisoners to countries where they could face the death penalty. The last execution took place in 1950.
On December 19, 2016, as in previous years, Denmark co-sponsored and voted in favour of the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly.